Hornets lose out despite scoring five tries
PUBLISHED: 09:35 02 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:35 02 October 2015
Hornets came off second best against Lydney at The Nest, despite scoring five tries.
Hornets 27 pts
Lydney 46 pts
HORNETS entertained Lydney at The Nest and despite scoring five tries, came off second best in an 11-try match.
With Hornets being forced into some changes in the backline due to unavailability, youngsters Matthew Cates and Andrew Wheller came into the side for their first appearances of the season.
Hornets woes got worse during the warm up when Joseph Gadd suffered a hamstring injury. This meant a last minute call-up and National League debut for Bradley Ashfield, who was plucked from the 3rd XV to sit on the bench and later make his debut in impressive style.
Hornets started well and the early scrums saw the Hornets pack quickly gaining the upper hand and pushing the visitors backwards. However, despite the early dominance they did not take advantage of this and Lydney were able to muscle their way back into the set pieces as the game wore on.
Lydney opened the scoring with a drop goal and while this was initially against the run of play, they quickly followed it up with two tries to change the complexion of the game and open up a 17-0 lead.
Hornets eventually got their scrum back into action and a pushover try saw Matthew Parker touch down and Jermaine Jones convert for a half-time score of 17-7.
Hornets started the second half well and Jones made a surging run to touch down in the corner and bring the home side back into the game at 12-17. Carelessness at the re-start let Lydney straight back into the game and they scored a penalty before Hornets struck again through Parker to make it 17-20.
However, the hosts tried to bring out their expansive game, but a combination of poor kicking decisions and too many errors throughout the side enabled Lydney to rally and finish their opportunities off clinically.
In the next 15 minutes, the visitors ran in four tries to put the game well out of sight and despite the home side scoring twice in the dying minutes, through Charlie Carter and Robert Dempsey, to register a try bonus point, it was much too little too late.
Hornets will reflect of the game and realise that they still have a lot to learn, and while capable of beating sides in this league, they will always need to be at their best to do so.
They must now ensure that they focus on the learning points from this defeat as they take a week off due to the world cup. With the next two fixtures in October being difficult away trips to Bournemouth and then Exmouth, there is a lot of work to be done to keep the season on the front foot.